Tag: los angeles

  • Out of Key

    Out of Key

    Here are Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts at Three Clubs in 2011, playing a song from the Keep It Wild EP called “Out of Key”. This iteration of the band included Randy Billings on guitar, Becky Gebhardt on bass and Joel Isaac Black on drums. What a lucky guy I am to have…

  • Sagittarius Poem

    Sagittarius Poem

    In 2010, I commissioned a poem from Jacqueline Suskin at her Poem Store. The prompt was Sagittarius. I still love this poem. It reminds me of my last full year in Los Angeles, the year I decided to move to Berlin, and I think it perfectly captures that moment. What a time that was –…

  • Everyone But You

    Everyone But You

    Here’s Joel Isaac Black in 2011, masterfully using a vintage Akai sampler. You can hear the sampler at the top of our song “Everyone But You” off of our self-titled debut album. The album was recorded at The Cave Studio in L.A. with Josiah Mazzaschi producing. Josiah was wonderful to work with and entertained every…

  • The Cribs & Johnny Marr

    The Cribs & Johnny Marr

    The sunset strip wasn’t really our scene, but in 2009, when the The Cribs and Johnny Marr called, we came running. The Roxy is a legendary L.A. venue, and a stopping point for huge acts, so it was exciting for us to play there. Naturally, we tore it up. Photo by Dyan Valdés.

  • White Trash Fast Food, 2011

    White Trash Fast Food, 2011

    2011: Fresh off the airplane and into the Keller. Joel Isaac Black comes in from Dallas and we put together a band, consisting of Jack Wharton and Adam Neal of Eight Legs. Afterwards, we DJ with Dyan Valdes at one of White Trаsh Fast Food ‘s legendary indie parties. We quickly learned that we weren’t…

  • Coffee with Mark

    Coffee with Mark

    It was wonderful to grab coffee with radio giant Mark Sovel today at HEIDE’s Deli. The Blood Arm used to religiously listen to the station he ran, Indie 103.1, and his show with Steve Jones of Sex Pistols, Jonesy’s Jukebox, back when we lived in L.A. He interviewed us, played our music and acted as…

  • Ten Years in Berlin

    Ten years ago today, I moved from Los Angeles to Berlin in search of a better life. I’m happy to report that I found it. A big kiss goes to my wife Alison Bell for expanding my horizons.  Endless thank yous go to my best pal Dyan Valdés, who got here first.  Zebastian Carlisle and…

  • The Make-Up

    Throwback Thursday to The Make-Up at L.A.’s The Troubadour when I was twenty years old. They were untouchable. For me, Ian Svenonius is still the best frontman in the biz. And Michelle Mae is easily the coolest bassist I’ve ever seen.

  • Selfie Playlist 3: Morrissey Dance Party

    Back in L.A. there are parties dedicated to Morrissey and The Smiths at venues around town. For October’s Selfie Playlist, I wanted to capture those feelings of youthful abandon, togetherness and community that those parties represent. So, imagine you are on the dance floor of The Echo in Los Angeles, beer in hand, surrounded by…

  • Recording at The Cave

    Here are a few shots of the Bountiful Hearts recording at Josiah Mazzaschi’s The Cave, back in L.A., October 2010. This is the lineup that helped me develop the songs on Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts. Randy Billings, Becky Gebhardt and Joel Isaac Black are all extremely talented musicians who poured their energy…